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Luis Severino suffers setback during shoulder rehab, will undergo MRI

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Yankees starter Luis Severino recently progressed to long-tossing in his rehab for a shoulder injury, but didn’t feel so good in his latest outing, James Wagner of The New York Times reports. Severino will undergo an MRI in New York.

Severino, 25, missed most of spring training after being diagnosed with inflammation of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was expected to return next month, but with this latest setback, it may be later than that.

Last season, Severino finished ninth in American League Cy Young Award balloting, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio in 191 1/3 innings. He and the Yankees then agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension in February.

The injuries have been mounting for the Yankees. Along with Severino, the club is currently missing CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Troy Tulowitzki, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andújar.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).